a long time ago, i read a thread that stated that Phnom Phen had an ATM! is this true?
i'm currently in Saigon and leave for Phnom Phen in 5 days and i'm not sure what to do with exchanging money and having money in Cambodia! i dont have travellers cheques just a card!
can anybody help me please?
I heard the same thing, but I haven't been to Cambodia since last November, so I can't confirm that that's the case. As of late last year, there still weren't any ATMs in Siem Reap. I keep hearing they "are coming" but not sure when...or maybe they have in fact finally in use. Anyone else have info?
There were ATM's when I was in Siem Reap & Phnom Penh earlier this year in Feb. Phnom Penh, down Sisowath Quay (by the river) & I saw a couple in Siem Reap centre, one near the Red Piano bar. All of them gave us $. As for other parts of Cambodia I'm not sure. Bring some dollars just in case. You'll be able to get a small amount of riel on border towns either in Vietnam or Thailand, make sure you don't get ripped off though!
Happy to see you are on track and close to your Cambodia adventure. There are ATMs in PP and you can cash travel checks many places. Not in the boonies, but in PP & SR. Send Ann a e-mail or call her when you get in. Hope it works out for you. Mike
Cheers Mike for all the info over the last few months! i'm really greatful! anybody reading this, mike is great guy and a fountain of knowledge!
unfortunaltly,Ann only got back to us yesterday. We'd previously assumed that our help wasn't needed, so we changed our flights and are leaving earlier than planned!
it's such a shame, because we only have a few days in Cambodia now and we would have loved to have spent our time helping others!
I plan to be back over here soon and will contact Ann and Family Care prior to my return.
[ Edit: Edited at Jul 18, 2006 10:52 PM by festie ]
There is definitely an ATM on Sisowath Quay at the ANZ bank. Its near the River House restaurant. There are also a few others around in Phnom Penh, i know at least 2 ANZ banks have ATM machines with Visa, Cirrus, Plus etc. There was an ATM being installed in Siem Reap when i was there at the end of last year, but it wasn't on line, and as it's Cambodia, i wouldn't rely on it to be online by now.
More on ATMs in Cambodia -- I was there in May 2006...yes, ATMs in both cities. In addition to the ANZ one mentioned above, there is also one in the petrol station opposite the road that leads to the guest houses by the lake. In SR there are several operated by Cambodian banks as well as by ANZ and one of the Thai banks. If you pick up one of the SR or PP tourist (advertising) guide books, I think ANZ advertises so their branches and ATMs will be marked on the map.
Oh...and just in case you were wondering, the ATMs dispense US$.
When I was there, I couldnt find an ATM anywhere! And everyone I asked looked at me like I was stupid.
What I ended up having to do was go to this bank type place and they charged my credit card for x amount of dollars, and for the service they take like 10%
Of course, now the big question is how often will they work...
We changed hotels while in SR because the first wasn't able to take credit cards at the time and we didn't bring a lot of US cash with us.
It's kind of a scary thought in some respects: a box loaded with cash out on the streets. I know, it's not that simple, but was anyone else there when a group of drug-crazed men took over a school last year (May) in SR? They wanted $100 in exchange for their hostages.
I talked to a guy today that is living in Siem Reap. He confirms that there are now several working ATMs in town!